Android 4.3 begins hitting Google Play edition Galaxy S 4 and HTC One

Just a week after Google officially announced Android 4.3, reports that the phones were beginning to see over-the-air Android 4.3 updates began rolling in.

The update is showing up as build JWR66V, with the Samsung GALAXY S 4 version being the larger of the two at 180MB, while the HTC One version is 150MB.

Among the changes that are coming with the update are larger icons on widget panels, tethering via Bluetooth for the GALAXY S 4, and the menu background has been switched from black to a lighter gradient. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 support among them—plus a few handset-specific enhancements.

AnandTech reports, for example, that the Google Play edition HTC One’s IR blaster has now been enabled, as has Bluetooth pairing for the Galaxy S 4. Both phones were already using the new stock Camera app included with Android 4.3 on the Nexus devices, but they each come with a few minor cosmetic tweaks of their own.

As is normally the case when Nexus devices begin receiving over-the-air updates, Google appears to be rolling the update out in phases.

If you’ve got a Google Play edition version of either phone and haven’t seen the update yet, good things come to those who wait.

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